Latin Phrases and Quotes
Starting with phrase number 2087

  1. Magnu conatu, magnas nugas - A great effort for great trifles (Terence - So much work for so little gain)
  2. Magnum nomen est magna species magna dignitas magna maiestas consulis - It's big name, famous appearance, high dignity, pride of the consul's greatness (Cicero - Calpvrnivm Pisonem Oratio, XI)
  3. Magnum opus - Masterpiece
  4. Magnum vectigal est parsinomia - The economy is a major income (Cicero. The context of the sentence reads: "On immortal gods, men do not understand that a great source of wealth is the economy.)
  5. Magnus itineribus - By forced march (Military phrase)
  6. Maiestas minuta - Little Betrayal
  7. Maior singulis, universis minor - Greater than One, Less than All (Legal term - Aristotleís phrase that refers to the person who is the ruler )
  8. Maior sum quam qui mancipium sim corporis mei - I'm too big to be a slave of my body (Philosophical term put forward as the antithesis of the old Socratic thesis that said: The body is the prison of the soul.) )
  9. Maiora pluraque in vita facienda sunt quam vivere - There are more and greater things to do in life than live ( Thank you: Eugene )
  10. Maiores aliud ius gentium, aliud ius civile esse voluerunt - The elders wanted one thing to be right of nations, the other thing to be the civil law (Legal term)
  11. Mala digestio, nulla felicitas - Bad digestion, no happiness (Sentence that warns about excess eating.)
  12. Mala grammaticam non vitiat chartam - The misspellings or bad grammar do not invalidate a document (It means that if legible, it is valid)
  13. Mala praxis - Malpractice (Legal term - when a professional makes an error. For example: take a surgeon on trial for mala praxis)
  14. Mala sine cortica bona, cum cortica meliora - Apples are good without skin, but with skin there better
  15. Malleus maleficarum - Witches' hammer (Prosecution of witches)
  16. Malo ad campanam quam ad tubae surgere clangorem - I prefer to rise to a bell than to the blare of a trumpet
  17. Malo hic esse primus quam Romae secundus - I prefer to be first in this place than to be second at Rome. (Julius Caesar, according to Plutarch )
  18. Malo miri quam fedari - Rather die than be disgraced
  19. Malo mori quam foedari - I'd rather die than get dirty (be disgraced) (Motto of the Vega family)
  20. Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium - I prefer freedom with danger, than slavery with security
  21. Malum consilium quod mutari non potest - A bad decision is one that can not be changed (Publius Sirus)
  22. Malum quidem nullum esse sine aliquo bono - There is no bad that will not come with good (Pliny the Elder in Naturalis Historia )
  23. Malum sed mulliere, sed necessarium malum - Women are evil, a necessary evil (Philosophical Term)
  24. Mancipatio - Formal legal act (Legal term - referring to particular things that can emancipate (mancipi) There are those also unable emancipate (nec mancipi) )
  25. Manduco me flumen de vobis - How I laugh at you (Macaronic Latin)
  26. Mane nobiscum quoniam advesperascitt - Stay with us Lord, because it's getting late. (Vulgate - Luke 24, 29 - Petition of the disciples on the road to Amaus Gospels)
  27. Mane vobiscum Domine - Stay with us, Lord
  28. Mantua me genuit; Calabri rapuere; tenet nunc
    Parthenope; Cecini pascua, rura, duces
    -
    Mantua gave me birth; Calabrian took me away
    ( Today they have me) Partenope holds me. I sang of pastures, farms, leaders
    (Virgil epitaph)
  29. Manu militari - With a military hand (Diplomatic Term - Using weapons instead of agreements, alliances or dialogue)
  30. Manum misi in ignem - I put my hand in the fire (St. Jerome)
  31. Manumissio - Emancipation (Legal term - In Rome, act provision under which the slave is free and citizen)
  32. Manus manum lavat - One hand washes the other
  33. Mare magnum - Large Sea
  34. Mare Nostrum - Our Sea (Refers to the Mediterranean Sea)
  35. Maremagnum - Big stormy sea, (Diplomatic Term - Refers to any issue that is complicated, tangled, confusing or that involves many people to assess it)
  36. Mariae, nunquam satis - Mary, never enough (St. Bernardus Clairval)
  37. Marito non licet nocere propriam uxorem - The husband does not have the right to harm his own wife (Legal term)
  38. Martis dies - The day of Mars (Tuesday)
  39. Mater dei, memento, memento mei - Mother of God, remember, remember me
  40. Mater et magistra - Mother and teacher (Vulgate - Encyclical of John XXIII)
  41. Mater saeva Cupidinum - The savage mother of Cupid (Horace - Carmina I, 19, 1 - refers to Venus, the goddess of love)
  42. Mater semper certa, pater coud nuptias demonstram - The mother is always known, the father is known through marriage (Roman proverb that establishes the presumption of paternity of the husband)
  43. Mater tua mala burra est - Your mother eats red apples (In Spanish it could be interpreted as an insult, but it is not)
  44. Matrum ornamenta liberi sunt - The children are their mother adornment.
  45. Maxima debetur puero reverentia - A child is owed the greatest respect (Decimus Junius Juvenalis)
  46. Maxima est capitis deminutio, cum aliquis simul et civitatem et libertatem amittit - The maximum decrease in rights occurs when a person loses freedom and citizenship (Legal term in ancient Rome)
  47. Me Caesar incestam putat, qua sacra faciente vicit triumphavit! - Caeser thinks I committed incest, when as long I carried out the sacred rites he has been victorious and triumphant (Pliny the younger - Words of vestal Corenelia, when she was tried and executed by Domitian)
  48. Me fallit - I was fooled
  49. Me lumen; vos umbra regit - Light is my guide, the shadow is yours (Legal term - Refers to the intentionality of certain facts, knowing good is light and dark is evil)
  50. Me, me adsum qui feci - I, I was the one who did it (Legal term - confession)
  51. Mea culpa - My fault (Ecclesiastical term - Is always in a context of recognizing something wrong, apologizing, etc. For example "I confess I am a sinner")
  52. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa - My fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault (Prayer of confession at the Catholic Mass)
  53. Mea mihi conscientia pluris est quam omnium sermo - My conscience is more important to me than any speech (Cicero)
  54. Medice curate ipsum - Medic, cure yourself (It is used when someone gives advice that does not apply to your life)
  55. Medici graviores morbos asperis remediis curant - The doctors cured with harsh remedies (Fifth Curcio, Roman historian s. I, author of Life of Alexander the Great)
  56. Medicinae Doctoris - Medicine Doctor (University Degree - abbreviated as MD)
  57. Medico meo omnis horae - For my doctor of all hours (Phrase engraved on the watch given by a patient to a doctor)
  58. Meditationes de cognitione, veritate et ideis - Reflections on the knowledge, truth and ideas (Work of Leibniz)
  59. Medium Corpus Pilarum - Half Body of the Pills (Pope Gregory XIII (1572-1585) motto, according to St. Malachy prophecies - He was cardinal by Pius V who was a medic, the ones who give out medicine balls, or pills. His coat of arms had a half dragon )
  60. Melior est canis vivus leone mortuo - Better a live dog than a dead lion
  61. Melior est im via, amor Dei quam Dei cognitio - In this live it is better to love God, than to know him (Saint Thomas Aquinas)
  62. Melior est in inferno regnare quam in coelo servire - It is better to reign in hell, than to serve in heaven (John Milton)
  63. Melioribus annis - In better times
  64. Melius esse iudicans pharisaeorum displicere iudicio et episcoporum iussionibus deservire - It is better to oppose the judgment of the Pharisees and to obey the ordinances of bishops (St. Jerome)
  65. Melius est flerisse quam flere - It is better to have cried, than to cry
  66. Melius est habere quam habuisse - It is better to have, than to have had
  67. Melius est pede quam labi lingua - It is better to slip with the foot, than with the tongue
  68. Mellita domi adsum - Honey, I'm hom
  69. Memento homo, quia pulvis eris et in pulverem reverteris - Remember man, that you are dust and to dust you return (Ecclesiastical term - Used in the ceremony of the imposition of Ash Wednesday - Vulgate, Genesis 3.19)
  70. Memento mei - Remember Me (Ecclesiastical term - Words that a priest says to another when he goes to celebrate mass)
  71. Memento mori - Remember that you must die
  72. Memento vivere - Remember that you are alive (Philosophical term)
  73. Memoria minuitur nisi eam exerceas - The memory diminishes, if you donít exercise it
  74. Mendacem oportet esse memorem - To lie, you must have good memory
  75. Mens agitat molem - The mind moves matter (Virgil)

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